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Mimimum aquarium size for apistogramma macmasteri?

Discussion in 'Apistogramma' started by GlamCrab, Dec 28, 2017.

  1. GlamCrab

    GlamCrab New Member

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    this might seem like an odd question, but.. what is the minimum size for apistogramma macmasteri?
    I was under the impression that my 23 gallon aquarium was fine for them BUT someone on another forum just told me they should be in minimum 30 - 40 gallon aquariums
  2. Mike Wise

    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    It really depends on your experience as an aquarist, the lay-out of the tank and personality of the individual fish. I consider male A. macmasteri to be 'casually polygamous', so keeping the species as a pair in a tank like a 20 gallon high (24x12" / 60x30cm bottom) that is properly decorated should work.
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    GlamCrab New Member

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    Okai thank you, thats what i thought.
    (Also turns out the person thought i had a group not just a pair) but my aquarium is closer to a 20 gallon long.

    Its the fluval vista 23
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    central tanks Active Member

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    even a trio in a 20 gallon long is possible as long as you have proper sight breaks and properly decorated. Now like mike said it depends on the fish. I have a trio in a 20 gallon long and its perfect no aggression as each female stacked territory on opposite ends.

    I also have a 20 gallon where the female no matter how i redecorate will set up shop mid tank and attack anything in sight (shes earned the nickname Bi***) my pencil fish even stay away from her
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